One week, Deboo, a friend, came into my room and when we were talking about some work, told me about his word for the day, more like week or month :)
Ephemera, items designed to be useful or important for only a short time.
He then looked at my wall and said, "Aaju, that could be your ephemera!". This happened a year ago. Since then my ephemera has had additions, some deaths, some destruction, some losses due to peeling walls etc. This is something I am really proud and fond of, so I thought I should document it since its my last month of college. I am probably never going to look this the same way again, after this month. I will miss it. I am so used to staring at it aimlessly that I have almost gotten used to its existence and know parts of texts by-heart and know immediately when a part of it is missing or has fallen off. The first thing I do when I get back from college is it stick it back or fix it.
The collection ranges from maps, brochures, circus and movie tickets, chocolate wrappers and boxes, menu cards and table mats from many places, coasters, instruction manuals, postcards and drawings, (from all over the world) to name a few. Yes, please do not freak when you see a Coffee Day Menu card stuck on the wall. I live with some kleptomaniacs who like to flick menu cards and things like that :) Just for fun and just menu cards and signage!
This ends at my desk, a cosy little place with a window to my right. A perfect spot to sit and work. When bored or bugged I just stare out the window at the pretty purple tree right outside my house or spy on people walking around the colony!
My desk is full of stuff, but I try and keep it organised. There few essentials like my pen and brush stand, stationary box, lap top, vaseline and my half-a-speaker and all the little collectables like my box of tazos, Glucon-D for when I feel sleepy, my retainer box and the little idol that my grand-dad gave me before my boards. The latest addition to my hall of fame is the CSK yellow horn and the flag which hangs right near my curtain. I love the new yellow! My table used to host the whole of the shrek family, all of which I collected by travelling to many Mc.Donalds all over Bombay. Sadly I had to shift their home due to space constraints.
Lastly, this is my map wall. Which is not fully covered yet. As of now it has maps of Melkote, Belur, the Andaman islands, Boston, Harvard Square and Italy. One day I want to travel all over the world and cover up a wall of my room with maps.
I think that's all the pointless stuff I have put up all over my walls over these 4 years of college. I don't even want to think of the day I'll have to take it all down. Sadly it is coming soon.